We've always been heritage livestock, but now it's official!
The Board of Directors are pleased to announce a motion was approved at the 2017 Annual General Meeting to change the organization's name from "Rare Breeds Canada" to "Heritage Livestock Canada".
"Heritage" is defined as breeds that have been used in Canada for at least 50 years. The name change will encourage focus on heritage breeds that are historically relevant to Canada's agricultural history.
Please join us to help conserve the genetic diversity of Canada's livestock and poultry. A yearly membership includes two issues of our official magazine "Genesis."
Come meet some of our talented members at the GUELPH ORGANIC CONFERENCE SAT. JANUARY 27 & SUN. JANUARY 28
You'll find us and our display with lots of information and resources on the basement level.
Happy New Year from our Milking Devon members John & Jacinta in London, Ontario.
John named his first bull calf of the season 'Stuart', named after Stuart MacLean the great Canadian who passed away in February. Here he is at 10 months of age.
Heritage Livestock Canada is currently undergoing an inventory of our semen collection. If you have any inquiries regarding semen please call the office at 204-573-8204 or any of the Directors.
Heritage Livestock Canada is a federally registered charitable organization that originally formed in 1987 as Rare Breeds Canada. We are working to conserve, monitor and promote heritage and rare breeds of Canadian farm animals.
Conservation takes many forms: we work to increase populations, encourage registration of pure stock, assist farmers to find breeding stock, educate the public, maintain a bank of rare semen and create networks so farmers can find and exchange stock and find markets for their produce.
Markets are developing for heritage meats–in many cases demand outstrips supply. Thanks to years of dedicated work by Livestock Conservation organization around the world, there is a glimmer of hope for heritage breeds. As long as we will eat them, farmers will keep them.
Many breeds that played a vital part in feeding Canadians in the past are still in danger of extinction. Our annual Conservation List takes the pulse of these fragile populations. Heritage Livestock Canada also collects data in targeted census counts to understand population distribution.
Food security is an important issue in our conservation effort. The genetics of the older rustic breeds have qualities that are in demand now and may be invaluable in the future. Today’s industrial farming methods of intensification and specialization have put our food supply at risk by creating a dangerous dependency on a narrow genetic base and highly mechanized management.
Heritage breeds are thrifty, easy keepers– are disease resistant, birth easily, and have superior mothering abilities. Chefs and cheese makers all over the world are excited about the superior taste of heritage meat & dairy products.
Heritage breeds are ideally suited to organic and sustainable agriculture systems such as rotational grazing and natural, outdoor livestock housing. They complement smallholdings and can be equally successful commercially in the developing niche markets for conscientious consumers.
Photos on the Heritage Livestock Canada website are NOT to be copied/used without permission from the National office....even by RBC members. Thank you for respecting the work of fellow RBC members.
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